I injured my left index finger yesterday, so this will be a short post, but I wanted to show you how quickly things grow here in Ecuador.
About two weeks ago we published an update on our growing cycus plant (sego palm) which had just opened up a new wave of fronds. One of our readers commented on how slowly sego palms grow in the states, so I went out on the next two consecutive Wednesdays to chronicle the rate of growth of these fronds.
This is how the new growth looked when the fronds were just developing and had not emerged in late October.
We thought that looked kind of alien and I often looked in on the plant to see what would pop out of this unusual spiral ball.
Well, the rainy season seemed to spur this sego palm on and two weeks ago I showed you these new fronds reaching for the sun.
At that time, the fronds were light green and were only about twelve inches long surrounded tightly by pods of seeds.
One week later the fronds looked like this.
They had grown to about five feet in length and the seed pods had fanned our wider.
This week the fronds have reached their full length of about seven feet and they are filling out and darkening.
Soon these new fronds will spread outward and make way for a new spiralling ball of growth to develop.
Life is good (and vigorous) in Ecuador!